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IPL 8, DD v MI: Shreyas Iyer, Imran Tahir set house on fire

Leggie takes 3 to skittle MI out after opening batsman cracks 83 to hand Delhi first win at home in 10 games.

Synopsis: Crucial Iyer-Duminy stand target Mumbai’s weak links to break nine-game jinx at home ground.

Crucial Iyer-Duminy stand Mayank Agarwal made yet another early exit, out in the third ball of the innings. The setback was soon put to rest an over later when Shreyas Iyer (83) timed a quick out-swinging Malinga half-volley past mid-on for a boundary. The opener from Mumbai has been in good form in his maiden IPL season (third on the batting charts with 227 runs) and that early shot promised that something big was on the way. Iyer would deliver on that early promise. In partnership with skipper JP Duminy (78), the 20-year-old batted until the 17th over and stitched a 154 run-stand — the highest partnership for Season 8. The stand powered Delhi to a winning total of 190 and Iyer’s approach aptly earned him the man of the match award.

Iyer showed situational awareness for each bowler he faced. With left-arm pacer McClenaghan bowling over the wicket, Iyer was aware that any short pitch delivery would rise towards his off-stump. Mumbai had kept a deep square-leg and had brought fine-leg inside the circle.

When McClenaghan, bowled a slower and then a quick bouncer, Iyer swatted a risk free boundary and six. The next over bowled by Jaspreet Bumrah went for fourteen runs with Duminy hitting a couple of sixes. But apart from these two overs of plenty, Iyer and Duminy were content with rotating ends. They respected both Malinga and Harbhajan, and crawled to 65 in the first ten overs.

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When Bumrah was brought back in the eleventh over, Iyer was aware of his inability to bowl slower ones. Hitting through the line, Iyer picked up sixteen runs and brought up his fifty as well. Duminy cashed in 20 runs of the next over bowled by Keiron Pollard. Delhi had found their momentum, crossing 100-run mark in 12 overs. Iyer went berserk against Harbhajan in the 14th over.

He slog swept two huge sixes as 18 runs were conceded by the off-spinner. Another 15-run over from Bumrah followed ensuring a big score was on the way. While Iyer would eventually fall, Duminy kept the momentum going and remained unbeaten at the end.

Weak links

Lasith Malinga hasn’t has as dominating an IPL as he is used to but used his experience to good effect on Thursday. Early into his spell, the Sri Lankan figured out that the ball was coming nicely onto the bat on the Kotla wicket. He immedieately reduced his speeds. He called his third man and fine-leg inside the circle and instead kept a deep square-leg and a long on. He also stuck to a bowling line along the middle and off stump to force the batsmen to play straight.

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Harbhajan too stuck to a classical five (leg side)-four (off side) plan and bowled a wicket to wicket line. The strategy worked until his final over, which went went for 18. Despite that late flourish, the two senior-most bowlers only gave away 57 in their eight overs at a shade over 7 an over. In contrast the other bowlers — Bumrah, Pollard and McClenaghan — gave away 118 in ten overs at over 11 an over as they failed to bowl to their fields.

Break jinx

Delhi’s 9-match losing streak at home had its origin from its previous season. But with a healthy total to defend, a win seemed around the corner. With an asking rate of almost ten from the onset, Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals, putting them under immense pressure. Imran Tahir was once again economical yet accurate with his line and ended up picking three wickets.

Two of his three wickets came on successive deliveries. A stand of 49 in 34 balls for the fifth wicket between Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu wastoo late into the innings.While their bowlers who kept things tight, it was Delhi’s outfielding that played a crucial role in the home team’s third win of the season. Delhi caught seven skiers to derail Mumbai completely.

 

First published on: 24-04-2015 at 12:12:04 am
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